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Group:  C | 30.11.2010, 21:00h
Group:  C | 30.11.2010, 21:00h
80-74
23 - 1723 - 1721 - 2213 - 18
23 - 1723 - 1721 - 2213 - 18
Venue: Lisbon (POR) |
Spectators: 900 |
Referees: Jaroslav Janac (SVK), Keith Williams (ENG), Francis Santos (GIB)

GAME REPORT


Benfica Pile On Misery For Tartu

Cordell Henry and Gregory Jenkins teamed up to lead Lisboa e Benfica to victory over winless Tartu Rock in EuroChallenge Group C.

Henry poured in 21 points and Jenkins added 19 and 12 rebounds as Benfica pulled away late on to ensure the win.

Tartu had rallied and actually took a slight lead, 72-71, with 2:53 to go.

But Henry's driving lay-up put Lisboa back in front and started a 9-2 run through to the finish that wrapped up victory for the hosts.

Jenkins split a pair of free throws and then got a tip-in from Ben Reed's missed lay-up.

Henry made a pair of free throws and Sergio Ramos put them 80-72 on top with a jump-shot.

Tartu had the final word with Sten Sokk's jump-shot, but their time had run out.

Heshimu Evans added 14 points and Reed had 13 for Lisboa.

Rain Veideman led Tartu with 13 points while Sokk had 12, Vallo Allingu 11 and Callistus Eziukwu and Marek Doronin 10 each.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Benfica vs Tartu Rock

Tartu Head Coach Indrek Visnapuu:
"We knew the importance of tonight's game, we had our chances in the last quarter but Benfica did it well. If we win at home against Lugano and Benfica and get a away win at Lukoil we can go through. My team can win those games."

"Benfica did a good first half and managed the second half smartly. They have a good team with lots of experience and good players in all positions. Lugano, Benfica and Tartu are very similar teams and all three will fight for a qualification spot."

Tartu Player Sten Sokk:
"In the fisrt half we felt a little bit tired. We knew what to do but Benfica didn't let us play our game. Benfica and Lukoil are in a good position to qualify but there are 3 games to play and we can win all of them and get out ticket to the next phase. We don't give up."

Benfica Head Coach Henrique Vieira:
"There aren't easy games, and when we most needed support, our crowd were fantastic. When Tartu was leading with 2 minutes to play our crowd helped us to get the game."

"We knew Tartu very well. They have a very balanced team with great players. They never give up and they proved it when in the last quarter they were losing by 14 points and scored 16-0."

"They have very good players, technical and tactically. Tartu shows many tactical options which makes the life of their opponents very hard."

Benfica Player Cordell Henry:
"We played a great game, but when we were 14 points ahead in the last quarter we didn't control the game as we expected.

"Tonight was my night but the most important today was Benfica's win.

"All teams want to win at home and we must play with intensity and concentration against Lukoil."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

41.7%

30/72
FG
M/A

42.3%

30/71

45.8%

22/48
FG2P
M/A

50.0%

22/44

33.3%

8/24
FG3P
M/A

29.6%

8/27

66.7%

12/18
FT
M/A

66.7%

6/9

44

18/26
RT
RO/RD

45

17/28

14

AS

20

12

TO

14

9

ST

6

3

BS

3

14

PF

20

80

Pts

74

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